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Kaela Kimura – TODAY IS A NEW DAY September 6, 2015

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todayisanewday

Track Listing

  1. TODAY IS A NEW DAY
  2. c’mon
  3. Yellow (kensuke ushio REMIX)

1. TODAY IS A NEW DAY

I was surprised that Kaela would kind of go back to her pop/rock roots with TODAY IS A NEW DAY and I kind of like the natural sounding arrangement here!  It’s pretty quirky and upbeat and Kaela’s voice has a great sense of fun and energy which is something I always enjoy with her music.  The chorus kicks it up further with electric guitar at the forefront and lets loose more speed.  I quite enjoyed this song a lot more than “OLE!OH!” that’s for sure!

2. c’mon

It seems the energy continues on with the B-side, c’mon although unlike “TODAY IS A NEW DAY’s” more happier vibes, this almost takes a punk sound here and the chords from the electric guitar just makes this assumption moreso but I also felt myself enjoying this one that’s for sure!  I’m kind of in the middle deciding if I liked the A-side or B-side more because they’re both quite good songs!

3. Yellow (kensuke ushio REMIX)

The single ends with a remix of Yellow (which was her 10th single).  Not sure why this was chosen to be remixed, but hey it has our need of synths in comparison to the pop/rock songs above.  I was surprised how deeper Kaela’s vocals were though, but it suited the club-friendly beats and synth clicks.  Decent remix overall!

As Kaela ends the “MIETA” era off, TODAY IS A NEW DAY was a pretty rockin’ single and one of her better ones in recent times.  I really do enjoy the main A-side and c’mon quite a lot (with a little more going to the B-side)!  the remix of Yellow was also decent and didn’t do anything crazy.  Happy to see both main tracks on the album…I can’t wait to see what we get!

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Kaela Kimura – OLE!OH! August 11, 2014

Filed under: Kaela Kimura — solarblade @ 6:01 pm

oleoh

Track Listing

  1. OLE!OH!
  2. MAKE THIS DREAM REAL
  3. Usagi to Otsukisama

1. OLE!OH!

So Kaela returns with OLE!OH! begins with a nice countdown and a sort-of 80’s riff in arrangement!  Of course Kaela is still at her peppy feel and it just adds to the cute and fun feel I get from this song.  It’s not as oddball as some of her previous singles, but it’s definitely a cute track to listen to that’s for sure.

2. MAKE THE DREAM REAL

When I heard the next track, I was kind of like wait…this song and “OLE!OH!” kind of has a similar tone with the synths used here.  Though the biggest difference is the pace and tone of the track is quite different and I actually enjoyed listening to this track a lot more.  I feel like this one had more of an 80’s influence.  Definitely the best from the single, but it’s no surprise since I enjoy these kind of tunes.

3. Usagi to Otsukisama

Then we have our other B-side, Usagi to Otsukisama and it’s a 180 from the rest of the single  It’s a ballad (almost a lullaby actually) and focuses on more of an acoustic style here well…at least until the 1:25 mark where the song kind of explodes into a more laidback rock ballad.  It’s a nice track overall, a little out of place on the single but eh.

 

 

After releasing her 2nd best “10years”, Kaela returns to the drawing board with a new single, OLE!OH!.  I must say that it was at least better than her last single, “Sun shower” which is great! OLE!OH! was fun and full of personality and was a good choice for an A-side, but I much prefer MAKE THIS DREAM REAL since Kaela sung it well and it sounded REALLY nice to me.  Usagi to Otsukisama was a nice track to close the single, but weird to be after two 80’s influenced tracks…Can’t wait to see her future releases ^^

 

Kaela Kimura – Sync December 20, 2012

Filed under: Kaela Kimura — solarblade @ 9:39 pm

sync

Track Listing

  1. Mamireru
  2. HERO
  3. Sun shower
  4. coffee
  5. Hello, Goodbye
  6. sorry
  7. MY WAY
  8. Synchronicity
  9. so i
  10. Merry Go Round
  11. Cherry Blossom
  12. WONDER Volt

1. Mamireru

I’m quite unsure why Kaela chose to begin the album with Mamireru (though considering it was the firs A-side, makes sort of sense).  I’m still kind of on the fence because while I like this experimentive technopop song, that whole ~hey, lets roll and hey let’s go~ is just a bit abrasive, but the rest of the song is really catchy.  It’s slightly grown on me, but it still can be a nuisance when it wants to be.

2. HERO

At least we can really start the album off with HERO which takes out the electronic-ness from the first track and gave us this kind of Katy Perry-ish pop/rock track which really suits Kaela for some reason.  The chorus is really pretty though and I’m loving the mood of the song (even if it’s slighlty like “Teenage Dream”).  This is what I thought started the album!

3. Sun shower

Moving into the only other A-side released for the album, Sun shower was a total 180 after “Mamireru” because this song was a MUCH lighter affair.  It’s a pleasant track and I love when Kaela kind of pulls these kind of songs as they are sung strongly and has that great charm.  Still this is one of the better songs from Kaela ^_^

4. coffee

This cute and charming side of Kaela continues with coffee and it has a really interesting tone to it as being the more floaty and breezy track when compared to “Sun shower”.  I’m just loving the clapping, the acoustic guitars, and the other nuances of the song.  It just sailed very smoothly and I loved the journey ^_^

5. Hello, Goodbye

I would’ve loved if Kaela had chosen “BMX” over this because this was a pretty ugh cover to listen to and really just doesn’t have a place on this album (if there was a better place, it’d be after “HERO”).  Being a cover of that famous song from The Beatles, Kaela’s take is just kind of a mess and I’m not sure if I really enjoyed how they worked her voice in the song.  Plus, all that banjo-work and derpyness is really annoying…ugh this cover has gotten worse from reviewing it from the single it came from.

6. sorry

As the remaining songs on the album are entirely new, I was curious to as how the new tracks fared.  sorry is quite peppy and has a certain 80’s pop tone and I’m all kinds of nostalgic for that kind of music.  This is a pretty fun song to listen to, especially that boppy chorus…I was just loving the mood and bounce, and Kaela sounded really nice!

7. MY WAY

I guess to make up for “BMX” being absent, we get our rock song in the form of MY WAY and this isn’t a bad track, but it’s a little strange coming after “sorry”.  I just love her versatility on this album so far because she seems to really suit whatever she’s thrown into.  There’s even some keyboard which does make the switch from the previous track slightly easier.  I actually really enjoyed this song a lot!  One of the album’s shining moments!

8. Synchronicity

I feel like Kaela was going for a SCANDAL-like tone for the next track on the album and while I liked the energy Kaela put in the song, the guitarwork felt a bit shoddy and fluffy and some of the arrangement is a bit all over the place.  I suppose this would make a great live performance because it demands a lot of power and energy to pull it off, but the song does sound quite messy.

9. so i

I wasn’t expecting for Kaela to switch back into electronic mode with so i and it did rather throw me off with that wavy synth line.  I’m really happy though that Kaela went into electro mode for this song because it really edgy and Kaela luckily passed up the auto-tuning so this coming together is a really nice change of pace.  Well, she does have it going in the chorus, but it’s done really well.  It might be one of the more vague songs on the album, but it’s catchy and really fun…and the PV teaser is WTF win!

10. Merry Go Round

Keeping up with the quirky Kaela, Merry Go Round (can we stop using this title?) isn’t as heavy as the previous track, but this kind of has a similar edge like “Synchronicity” had but this has a bit more control and I actually like this bck and forth with the heavy chorus and the factory-ish setting of the verses.  Yeah, it’s a bit bipolar, but the song isn’t too bad.

11. Cherry Blossom

Ahhh, a starbucks song comes next…yeah the charming Cherry Blossom is really cute and I’m loving the ~churi-churi-choo-choo~ lines a lot for some reason.  I also found myself loving the band used in this song as they gave this loungy/jazzy feel to the song.  It’s really interesting song and stands out on the album in a good way! 

12. WONDER Volt

I never understood why Kaela would end Sync with this tune which was made for the Japanese release of Frankenweenie (which BTW was such a good movie!).  Anyways, WONDER Volt doesn’t fit the album because it’s darker tinge and overall feel just didn’t make sense (it would’ve worked if it had been on “8EIGHT8”.  Singularly, WONDER Volt is such a cool song and one of Kaela’s most daring tracks to date.  I love the whole dark laboratory feel and the song is just a wondorous track…one of my favorites, skip it…my favorite on the album!

Tracks Recommended

  • WONDER Volt
  • so i
  • coffee
  • MY WAY
  • Cherry Blossom

Song of Avoidance

  • Hello, Goodbye

Wow, for being not too impressed with the singles, Kaela released a REALLY solid album with Sync.  There was seriously only two songs that I wasn’t really enthusiastic over which were The Beatles’ cover and Synchronicity.  The rest of the album was just REALLY good and after “8EIGHT8”, this was a giant leap for her IMO…none of the songs were boring and Kaela brought some of her more unique compositions to light…yeah one of the bests of the year *RECOMMENDED*

 

Kaela Kimura – Sun shower October 24, 2012

Filed under: Kaela Kimura — solarblade @ 2:06 am

Track Listing

  1. Sun shower
  2. Hello, Goodbye
  3. Sun shower (instrumental)
  4. Hello, Goodbye (instrumental)

1. Sun shower

Even since I started reviewing Kaela, I haven’t heard her release a slower song as an A-side.  With that being said, Sun shower also kind of has this morning vibe mixed with a little jazz as well….it’s different for Kaela and I find it quite charming.  After the quirky “Mamireru”, I thought this was fitting to release…you know…to calm things down.

2. Hello, Goodbye

The B-side though is interesting because it’s a cover of that famous song from The Beatles.  I do like that the marimba starts the track, but then the tune gets into this weird synth arrangement and the familiar lyrics of the original appear.  Kaela’s vocals are OK…but not that great.  I don’t know but the song feels just a little too weird and kind of weak for Kaela terms.

 

 

As the second single in the era, Sun shower is definitely a calm single when compared to the previous single, “Mamireru” by a big shot.  I really liked the soft and morning glow-like Sun shower for sure and is something different for Kaela.  Hello, Goodbye though is a weak cover track…just a little too bleh for me.  It’s an OK single, still not as good as some of the “8EIGHT8” singles.

 

Kaela Kimura – Mamireru May 16, 2012

Filed under: Kaela Kimura — solarblade @ 6:49 am

Track Listing

  1. Mamireru
  2. BMX
  3. Mamireru (instrumental)
  4. BMX (instrumental)

1. Mamireru

Kaela just loves to have fun with her music and it shows with Mamireru (look at that cover!).  It’s catchy and has an interesting synth-pop flavor to it which is surprisingly nice to listen to.  It mixes a little of her rock stuff too but not that much XD.  There’s a bit of an unusual feel to it which is normal in her music…but there’s more weirdness to it…I’m kind of unsure how to feel for it…at least it’s catchy…lyrically?

2. BMX

The B-sides seems to be more of my style since it’s less strange and easier to enjoy at first listen.  It reminds me of stuff from her last album with the pop/rock feel it has.  I don’t think it’s as memorable as a couple of her last songs have been and certainly has a B-side feel…so it’s just there…

 

 

After “8EIGHT8”, Kaela returns with Mamireru and there’s just something about it that I can’t really get into…it might be the bonkers arrangement or how she treated it but it’s no “Ring a Ding Dong” or “8EIGHT8”.  BMX is just merely OK…nothing too spectacular…hope the next single is better!

 

Kaela Kimura – 8EIGHT8 October 24, 2011

Filed under: Kaela Kimura — solarblade @ 6:35 am

Track Listing

  1. Make My Day!
  2. KEKKO
  3. 8EIGHT8
  4. Ring a Ding Dong
  5. Uta Urara
  6. lollipop
  7. Hoshi no Tane
  8. Moon Light
  9. Kidoairaku plus Ai
  10. deep beep
  11. A winter fairy is melting a snowman
  12. orange
  13. Chocolate

1. Make My Day!

Kicking the album off is Make My Day! which follows up behind the last single released in the era by being more rockin’ than cute pop which is cool and makes sense.  I like Kaela’s powerful vocals here in this song even though I guess in sense, she is yelling a good portion of the song but I don’t mind it really.  There’s just a lot of memorable parts in the song and she released energy and this is just the first track!  I must say this was awesome!

2. KEKKO

Our next song comes in next starting with Kaela and acoustic guitar before it opens into a fun pop/rock kind of song and I really enjoyed the lighthearted feel of it, but it kind of reminds me of both “Make My Day!” and “Kidoairaku plus Ai” for some reason.  The good thing is that the chorus is quite catchy.  It’s a fun song not gonna lie, but it’s a bit like some other songs.

3. 8EIGHT8

So the title track comes next and 8EIGHT8 is at least something totally different from the previous songs.  It kind of mixes the styles of both her poppy songs with the previous song’s use of electric guitars but used more differently.  I’m gonna say, this tune’s lyrical content makes me think of Halloween since she says ~I’m gonna be scary~ and such.  It’s kind of cool she threw a song like that here.  It also makes the transition to “Ring a Ding Dong” a little more smoother I’d say. 

4. Ring a Ding Dong

Kaela’s first A-side is the first of the rather cute songs on the album and I still think it’s ridiculously catchy just for the many times Kaela says the title.  I like the more synth-pop style Kaela has been recently going into and with songs like this, it makes more sense why I like this a little more haha.  Then again compared to the rock songs, her vocals are kind of a bit more eh, but it’s still catchy and I find myself singing along.

5. Uta Urara

The next new track is kind of a continuation of “Ring a Ding Dong” but the vocals aren’t as put through the filters and the song’s arrangement has a little more oomph going despite being a bit more of a mid-tempo kind of tune.  Overall though, I kind of space out listening to this one since there’s not a lot that interests me here sadly.

6. lollipop

So the next tune is definitely what I was initially thinking it was going to sound like and that’s a bit cute.  It really shows with acoustic guitars and synths.  It’s an oddly styled song because I can hear a little jazz, a little pop, and a little swing.  I’m not sure why but it kind of kept my interest the entire time since it felt like it changed styles often.  It’s still needed a little more life though since I felt the arrangement was a little on the empty side.

7. Hoshi no Tane

Yup, Kaela added all of her B-sides to the album as well!  Starting with the B-side from “Kidoairaku plus Ai”, Hoshi no Tane was what I kind of hoped the previous track would’ve sounded like but it didn’t of course.  I like the song overall but I still think the overly robotic verses bothered me the most out of this song.  Though I do like the filters and the arrangement of the song.  It’s upbeat and fun to listen to for sure.  Yeah, it’s a lot more memorable than “orange”.

8. Moon Light

Moon Light always seems to make me raise my eyebrow in confusion since it’s got this strange synth in the arrangement that just doesn’t feel right for the song.  It does kind of remind me of “Uta Urara” but a bit better (minus the strange synth).  I like Kaela’s vocals in this song since they fit the atmosphere just right!  It’s nice for what it is I’ll say that and it’s kind of a nice mixture of the two styles she’s under.

9. Kidoairaku plus Ai

Since the rest of the album is stuff most of us have heard it’s just odd Kaela would shove these towards the end.  Kidoairaku plus Ai comes first and it’s the only A-side that’s has the most association with rock which might surprise a few Kaela fans after “Ring a Ding Dong” and “A winter fairy is melting a snowman” but I still find this song to be strong compared to previous songs on this album.  The closest I can compare it to is “8EIGHT8” because it has a darker tinge and Kaela’s deeper vocals come out to play.  It’s interesting though and it has slightly grown even more since my single review of it.

10. deep beep

Since deep beep is the only digital single released during the era, I was happy that she actually added this tune for the album.  Like other rock songs on the album, deep beep fills the void of upbeat pop/rock songs with strong vocals from her.  However, this does seem pretty basic song-wise and doesn’t have much to bring the table besides being three minutes of music lol.  I think it could grow in time since I find myself clapping along to the clapping rhythms lol.

11. A winter fairy is melting a snowman

I don’t know why but this song on this album is just really strange since it is roughly a Winter song to me and it just doesn’t fit back here with the amount of rock tracks.  I actually think a lot more about this song and I feel that her vocals aren’t as good as in other songs for some reason but I guess I should’ve saw that since her tone sounds a bit more tight.  I did find it eventually to be a little too long, but it’s still enjoyable for what it is.

12. orange

Then the B-side from the A-side before this track comes in and it’s a bit like “Hoshi no Tane” in being the lighter song and I’m still kind of unsure where I stand on this song since it’s alright, but like “deep beep”, it doesn’t really bring much along for the ride that hasn’t really been touched upon before.  I guess I can say that it sounds a little like American pop/rock but otherwise not much to remember it by.

13. Chocolate

Closing the album is the promotional song for the album, Chocolate.  It’s a little strange that after all the upbeat songs on the album this is somewhat the closest to being a upbeat ballad.  It’s nice that Kaela is able to show lighter vocals alongside an acoustic guitar and a beat with backup vocals.  Unfortunately the song lacks interest and it goes nowhere with the arrangement (minus a few sections with synths) but it’s just too 1-dimensional for me.

Tracks Recommended

  • 8EIGHT8
  • Make My Day!
  • Ring a Ding Dong
  • Kidoairaku plus Ai
  • Hoshi no Tane

Song of Avoidance

  • Chocolate

I’m not sure what I feel for the song to be honest.  In one way I see clearly she’s on for two whole styles which is either the cute synth-pop sound or her pop/rock style (either styles she has good stuff).  However, some of the song didn’t have a lasting effect like the singles did which means it is disappointing.  Then again, this album does have potential to grow on me but it’ll be a long process.

 

Kaela Kimura – A winter fairy is melting a snowman October 12, 2011

Filed under: Kaela Kimura — solarblade @ 9:08 am

Track Listing

  1. A winter fairy is melting a snowman
  2. orange
  3. A winter fairy is melting a snowman (Instrumental)
  4. orange (Instrumental)

1. A winter fairy is melting a snowman

Hahaha, the way Kaela says the title of the song is kind of cute and lulzy for me for some reason.  I like that she retains the cute and catchy vibes she had in “Ring a Ding Dong” but I feel like they are somehow similar for some reason.  At least it changes up once the verses begin where it’s poppy.  It just is quite the cute song, even more than her last A-side and I’m just kind of surprised.  I liked this song as well.

2. orange

On the flip side of the coin, the B-side of the single is a bit more like what I heard on her next single, “Kidoairaku plus Ai” in which the song has a bit more of a pop/rock kind of flair to it.  I like the upbeat nature about that’s for sure…but I don’t think it’s as memorable as any of the other songs in this era for some reason.

 

 

I have to say that I really liked A winter fairy is melting a snowman a little bit more than “Ring a Ding Dong” but the B-side orange wasn’t really much to me.  So that being said, I’m kind of unsure where this single stands between the three released.  At least the A-sides were all impressive…is that good enough?